Game Day Snack – Pigs In Pretzel Blankets!

Pigs In Pretzel Blankets

Confession: I am mostly a fair-weather fan. I mean, I am loyal to my city’s teams regardless, but I don’t watch unless the team is good. Lucky for me, the past few years the Seahawks have been awesome. Since football games are extremely long, I need lots of snacks to sustain me. I usually go for the typical snacks – chips, dips, popcorn, beer, etc. This week, I decided to mix it up a little bit. I LOVE pigs in blankets (who doesn’t?). I also love pretzels. I decided to combine the two for wait for it…. Pigs in Pretzel Blankets.

Pigs In Pretzel Blankets

If you like pretzels and you like mini hot dogs, you will love these pigs in pretzel blankets! This recipe was a little more labor intensive than what I normally make, but it was well worth it. The pretzel recipe I used was one that was really highly rated (over 500 5 star reviews). I modified it to make half the quantity. You will likely have a few leftover lil smokies (unless you eat them as you bake, like me).

I will definitely be making these again for the Superbowl. Fingers crossed the the Seahawks are in it!

Pigs In Pretzel Blankets

Pigs In Pretzel Blankets

Game Day Snack – Pigs In Pretzel Blankets!

Prep Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 55 minutes

Yield: ~30 mini pretzel dogs

Game Day Snack – Pigs In Pretzel Blankets!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 c warm water
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 package active dry yeast (about 1 tsp)
  • 2 1/4 c flour
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • Vegetable oil, for pan
  • 5 c water
  • 1/3 c baking soda
  • 1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water
  • Pretzel salt
  • 1 package lil Smokies

Instructions

  • In your mixer bowl, add the sugar, water, and kosher salt.
  • Sprinkle the yeast on top and let it sit for 5 minutes until it starts to foam.
  • Add the flour and butter and mix on low speed (using a dough hook) until well combined.
  • Turn it up to medium speed, and continue mixing for about 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the edges of the bowl.
  • Take the dough out of the bowl, clean the bowl, and oil it with the vegetable oil.
  • Put the dough back in the bowl, cover it, and let it sit for about 55 minutes until it doubles in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  • Turn your dough out on to an oiled surface.
  • Grab a small chunk (about a cubic inch) and roll out to 7-8" long.
  • Take one of your lil smokies and wrap the dough around it. It should go around about 3-4 times depending on how thick your dough is.
  • This part takes some trial and error. If you are able to wrap the hot dog about 4 times the dough should be about 8" long. If you are able to wrap it three times, it will be about 6".
  • Wrap your remaining lil smokies. You will likely have some left over, as this recipe makes approximately 30 wrapped hot dogs.
  • Boil your water and add the baking soda.
  • Drop the wrapped hot dogs in to the boiling water for about 30 seconds.
  • Scoop out and place on a baking sheet.
  • Mix together the egg yolk and water in a small bowl.
  • Brush the top of each wrapped hot dog with the egg yolk mixture.
  • Sprinkle salt on top.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes until a rich brown.
  • Serve with mustard or your favorite dipping sauce!
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Pigs In Pretzel Blankets

5 Comments

  1. I have been looking for a recipe like this. The fact that it comes from a fellow 12th woman, makes it even better.
    I am looking forward to making these soon.
    I am wondering and perhaps I missed it, can you use this with regular hot dogs with some change in the amount of dough you use to cover the dogs? I am also thinking that you could cut the hot dogs in half to create two shorter lengths as well I would think. Your thoughts?
    Sorry we missed the SB this year. The last game was so hard to watch and yet, the Seahawks tried hard in the second half to come back. Good to find another Seahawk fan.

    1. Hi Jill,

      I am so happy to hear you are a fellow Seahawks fan! Next year will be our year for sure. I haven’t tried this recipe with hot dogs, but can’t imagine why it wouldn’t work just as well. You would likely have extra dough depending on how many hot dogs you want to cover, but could always use the extra dough to make regular pretzels. Let me know if you try it, and how it turns out! Thanks!

      Natalie

  2. Yes, apparently they are thinking we are favored to return to the big game again next season.
    I will try these and let you know how it turned out. I planned to do so over the weekend. (it is how I play) But I have a work meeting and other things so it will maybe happen the weekend following.
    Thanks again.
    Jill

    1. It is Super Bowl Sunday. I tried this recipe as I had said with full sized hot dogs trying to replicate something I had when I was a kid.
      For a first time to make pretzel dough, they aren’t bad, not pretty at all, but they taste good. I am doing too many things today, I ended up emergency adopting a little dog on Wednesday. We are busy building a relationship and rules so it was probably not the day to try this.
      However, I will try it again. I will most likely try it as written next time.
      Just thought I would report back on our conversation.
      Wishing it were the Seahawks in the Super Bowl, but if not them, then I guess I will have to root for the Broncos’. Not because I think one thing or the other about Carolina. The Seahawks just plain handed that game to them. That is on them, I would like to see Manning go out with a win.
      Seahawks forever! Thanks for the recipe.

      1. Thanks for the update, Jill! I’m glad they were still tasty! How fun that you adopted a little dog! Did you see the Heinz commercial during the Super Bowl? That one was by far my favorite.

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